Fort ApacheDirector: John Ford, John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Ward Bond
The first of John Ford's "Cavalry Trilogy," Fort Apache stars John Wayne as captain Kirby York and Henry Fonda as Custer clone Lt. Col. Owen Thursday. Resentful of his loss in rank and transfer to the West after serving gallantly in the Civil War, the vainglorious Thursday insists upon imposing rigid authority on rough-and-tumble Fort Apache. He is particularly anxious to do battle with the local Indians, despite York's admonitions that the trouble around the fort is being fomented not by the so-called savages but by corrupt white Indian agents. Thursday nonetheless ends up in a climactic set-to with Indian chief Cochise. He and his men are needlessly slaughtered, but the Eastern press builds "Thursday's Charge" into an incident of conspicuous valor--and York, ever loyal to the cavalry, is not about to tell the whole truth. The bare bones of Fort Apache's plotline are fleshed out with several subplots, including the romance between Thursday's daughter Philadelphia (Shirley Temple) and Lt. Mickey O'Rourke (John Agar), the son of Fort Apache veteran Sgt. Michael O'Rourke (Ward Bond). There's also plenty of time for the expected drunken-brawl humor of Victor McLaglen. Not in the least politically correct, Fort Apache is a classic of its kind, and together with Rio Grande (1950) the best of the John Ford/John Wayne Cavalry films.
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Cast & Crew
|John Wayne||Capt. Kirby York|
|Henry Fonda||Lt. Col. Owen Thursday|
|Ward Bond||Sgt. Major O'Rourke|
|Shirley Temple||Philadelphia Thursday|
|John Agar||Lt. Michael "Mickey" O'Rourke|
|Pedro Armendariz||Sgt. Beaufort|
|Dick Foran||Sgt. Quincannon|
|Victor McLaglen||Sgt. Festus Mulcahy|
|Guy Kibbee||Dr. Wilkens|
|Anna Lee||Mrs. Emily Collingwood|
|George O'Brien||Capt. Sam Collingwood|
|Jack Pennick||Sgt. Schattuck|
|Irene Rich||Mrs. Mary O'Rourke|
|Grant Withers||Silas Meacham|
|Ray Hyke||Capt. Gates|
|Maria [Movita] Castaneda||Guadalupe|
|Mary Gordon||Ma, the Barmaid|
|Mae Marsh||Mrs. Martha Gates|
|Hank Worden||Bald-Headed Southern Recruit|
|Cliff Clark||Stage Driver|
|Francis Ford||Fen, the Stage Guard|
|Ben Johnson||Stunt rider|
|Frank Baker||Stunt rider|
|James Basevi||Art Director|
|Merian C. Cooper||Producer|
|Lowell J. Farrell||Asst. Director|
|Richard Hageman||Score Composer|
|Joseph I. Kane||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Joe Kish||Set Decoration/Design|
|David Koehler||Special Effects|
|Bernard McEveety||Production Manager|
|Michael Meyers||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Frank S. Nugent||Screenwriter|
|Ann Peck||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Jack Pennick||Asst. Director|
|Louis Clyde Stoumen||Cinematographer|
|Archie J. Stout||Cinematographer|
|Frank Webster||Sound/Sound Designer|
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Best John Wayne Movie To Watch On DVD Or On Encore Westerns Ever.
I can't believe that this great film is finally availabe on DVD. Without question, it is the best of the Wayne/Ford collaborations. Outstanding story line, and, in true Ford fashion, visually stunning. 'Good Luck, C Troop!"
As with all John Ford and John Wayne movies, this movie is a masterpiece. There is a reason Ford obtained four Oscars before the award become to political A must see movie.
The first in John Ford's calvary trilogy and, the one of two that John Wayne played same named character. Rio Grande being the other. Good character development and Henry Fonda plays a very credible Col. Thursday doing George Custer. Covers bigotry and egotism very well. Also it is a good view of life in the west for the calvary, being outnumbered and many times out gunned. As usual it also is a moving brochure for monument valley.
This a great film with great stars. Ford's other two cavalry films, 'She Wore a Yellow Ribbon' and 'Rio Grande', are available on DVD why not this one?
is (at least in one man's opinion) one of The Duke's greatest movie lines. But it also sets the tone for what is one of the greatest Ford /Wayne westerns of all time. The inane arrogance of Lt. Colonel Thursday has been seldom equaled on screen or better portrayed as it is here by Henry Fonda. FORT APACHE, like THEY DIED WITH THEIR BOOTS ON, isn't a history lesson, and anyone who substituted these events for a text book reading will go down like both films' antagonists. Great entertainment.